PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 17, 2013) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team opens the 2013-14 schedule on Friday, Oct. 18 with the annual two-day Sonny Werblin Invitational held at the Rutgers Aquatic Center in the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center. RU welcomes Pace, Central Connecticut State, Saint Peter’s and Southern Connecticut, in addition to several other non-collegiate teams.
Friday’s session is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. with the women’s 500 freestyle. The first diving event of the evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s 3-meter dive. The second day of competition starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with the women’s 200 medley relay. The women’s 1-meter dive marks the first diving event of the day at 10 a.m.
Rutgers enters the season after concluding the 2012-13 campaign with a fifth-place finish in the BIG EAST Championships. RU just missed fourth place by 4.50 points and was 32.50 points from a third-place finish. The Scarlet Knights finished the regular season with a 9-2 record and a 2-1 mark in conference action. The team’s win total matched that of Spiniello’s second year, which marked the most victories for the program since 2001.
The squad returns 14 letterwinners and also welcomes the addition of seven freshmen to the roster. Included in the returners are the entire record-breaking 400 medley relay team of sophomore Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), junior Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), senior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) and senior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.), as well as senior diver Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada), who reset the platform event record while also capturing a silver medal at the Zone Championship and advancing to the NCAAs. Guinee and Leberfinger round out the record-breaking returners, as they each set new school marks in the 200 butterfly and 200 breaststroke, respectively.
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